Consolidated PBY Catalina Plane

RNZAF air and ground crew with a PBY 5 Catalina at Lauthala Bay, Fiji 1944-1945. My father is somewhere in the photo. In 6 years of service in the RNZAF he rose to the dizzy heights of Leading Aircraftsman. I think that is the equivalent of an army Lance Corporal. He was a fitter 2E and flew occasionaly in the flight engineer's station in the Catalinas.